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52 Cameras: # 137 — Yashica FX-70 Quartz




Like a lot of camera companies (most? all?) Yashica has made some amazing gear and some real crap. This falls somewhere in between. It’s a good camera but always needing batteries and no manual mode keep it (for me) from being a great camera. It’s certainly worth finishing repairs and shooting some more.

Expired (no idea when — different batch than the 1997 stash) Sam’s Club Fuji Super HQ 200. I keep saying I’m going to quit using expired film but a friend just gave me eight more rolls. Scanned on a Canon CanoScan 9000f at 2400DPI.

Light through the trees and through the blinds onto the living room wall.

Light through the trees and through the blinds onto the living room wall.


Trinity on the sun porch.  I missed the focus by a little.

Trinity on the sun porch. I missed the focus by a little.


When I first looked at the negs after hanging them to dry, I thought "That's cool!"

When I first looked at the negs after hanging them to dry, I thought “That’s cool!”


Wind chime crystal.

Wind chime crystal.

This is where I started to get into trouble. I went outside so I was focusing at infinity and the mirror started hanging up on the back of the lens.

Storm brewing towards Santa Fe.

Storm brewing towards Santa Fe.

52 Cameras: Camera 96 part 2 — Yashica Auto Focus S

Expired Kodak Ektachrome slide film developed in stored-too-long and used-too-many-times Unicolor E6.

Note to self: Do not buy a $#@!-ton of slide film at once even if it seems like a super deal.

Note to self in case of ignoring first note to self: Do not be a cheapskate and try to get just one more roll from old chemicals.

I adjusted out a lot of magenta but now they’re kind of blue. Any more warming filter and they start to turn greenish yellow. It could be worse — I thought I’d have to convert to black and white.

Goober

Goober

'Toons, tacos, and tea.  Breakfast of champions.

‘Toons, tacos, and tea. Breakfast of champions.

The sun got low enough to shine under the clouds.

The sun got low enough to shine under the clouds.

52 Cameras: Camera 79 part 2 – Yashica Auto Focus Motor

I’m not sure why but I seem to be getting a lot more scanner noise in the images I get back on CD. It’s hard to be fair to cameras when you have to choose between sharpness with noise or softer looking focus with noise reduction. I’ll re-scan some and post so there’s a comparison.

Fuji Superia 400.

A strange composition but I like the fall sunflowers against the gray sky.

A strange composition but I like the fall sunflowers against the gray sky.

Where did they find Superior in Santa Fe?  I'm dying over here!

Where did they find Superior in Santa Fe? I’m dying over here!

Rocky the mouser.  They just got him and he went right to work.

Rocky the mouser. They just got him and he went right to work.

Demon-eyed Jem loves his nip tomato.

Demon-eyed Jem loves his nip tomato.

Scofflaw!

Scofflaw!

Kodacolor 200 — Develop before 06/1997. Not as expired as I had remembered but I also got it at a thrift store to its provenance is a complete unknown.

Hummingbird and shiny bark.

Hummingbird and shiny bark.

52 Cameras: Week 27 part 2 — Yashica T4 Super

First three are on expired Kodacolor VR 400. Expired film is always a gamble but I have it and it would just be landfill if I don’t use it.

Hallway at Coronado in Albuquerque

Hallway at Coronado in Albuquerque.

Psychedelic lights at the KiMo Theatre

Psychedelic lights at the KiMo Theatre.

Lights in downtown Albuquerque.

Lights in downtown Albuquerque.

These are on current Fuji Superia X-tra 400.

Waiting in line for drinks at the Kiva Auditorium

Waiting in line for drinks at the Kiva Auditorium.

Stray

Stray.

La Mesilla horses

La Mesilla horses.

I did some post-processing in addition to resizing and cropping. The first roll I scanned. They were really grainy from the old film. The second roll I had scanned as part of the processing and it has a lot of sensor noise. I don’t know how to describe it but you can see the difference between grain and noise. I’ll rescan the negatives and do a comparison.

52 Cameras: Week 17 part 2 — Yashica 635

Techne has smiled upon me. I like to do a test run with a camera before committing to it as the camera of the week but I was so stoked to try the Yashica, I went for it.

I found interesting subject matter, used excellent Ilford XP2 Super 400 B&W film, The Camera Shop of Santa Fe did their usual stellar processing, and the camera was a delight. Even the Canoscan 9000f behaved (as well as it ever does). This was 120 film. Later, I’ll run some 35mm through the Yashica. There was a 35mm roll in the camera when I got it but sadly, no Bigfoot or Jimmy Hoffa pictures. It was blank.

Exposure values are ballpark accurate. Some I wrote down and some I didn’t. Scanned to TIFF (millions of colors) at 4800 DPI, converted back to B&W in Photoshop, and resized (~10%) and converted to JPEG for upload.

Zoe -- f3.5 at 1/25

Zoe — f3.5 at 1/25

I’ll let her tell the tale of our dinner. She’s the writer. I just take the pictures.

My sweetie at our Christmas Thai dinner -- f3.5 at 1/25

My sweetie at our Christmas Thai dinner — f3.5 at 1/25

Snoozing on the couch -- f3.5 at 1/25

Snoozing on the couch — f3.5 at 1/25

Funky trailer on Alameda - f16 at 1/500

Funky trailer on Alameda – f16 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy's Field - f11 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy’s Field – f11 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy's Field #2 - f11 at 1/500

Sculpture at Frenchy’s Field #2 – f11 at 1/500

Christmas-y Frenchy's Barn -- f11 at 1/500

Christmas-y Frenchy’s Barn — f11 at 1/500

Passing through, waiting for his car to be repaired -- f11 at 1/500

Passing through, waiting for his car to be repaired — f11 at 1/500

I realized after posting that I had film upside down in the scanner and the images are mirror image.

I used Pocket Light Meter. Photos were a little overexposed so I adjusted a couple a smidge in Photoshop. I wouldn’t be surprised if a 55-year-old shutter was a wee bit slow. The only thing I did to the camera was clean the lenses.